Now that you've been accepted to OCC...

We have a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process of becoming a student! Each student is assigned a dedicated onboarding contact who is available to answer your questions as you complete each step and will reach out to you through both email and text.
Not sure who your onboarding contact is?

The Step-by-Step Guide

Email or Mail your Official High School Transcript

If this is your first time applying to OCC...

  • Have your high school send your most recent transcript at the time of application and a final official transcript upon graduation or an official GED/TASC certificate and score report (copies of GED/TASC are acceptable).
  • Email:
  • Mail: Onondaga Community College 
             Attn: Office of Admission 
             4585 West Seneca Turnpike 
             Syracuse, NY 13215

If you're transferring credit into OCC from another college...

  • Have your official college transcripts mailed to us directly from the college, or emailed to
    *Don’t forget to submit AP scores or official transcripts from any colleges you took courses with during high school.

Submit your Immunization Records

OCC requires all students to prove immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), provide a completed meningococcal meningitis response form, and proof of the complete COVID vaccination series. You can obtain this information from your doctor’s office, your high school, or utilize the Certificate of Immunization form as a guide to submitting the required records.

You can submit your immunization records by emailing them to or bringing the documentation to Student Central.

OCC Email Account

You will get your OCC email account 24-48 hours after submitting an application or registering for a class. Follow this Email Guide to find out your OCC username and student ID number for your first time logging in to your OCC email account through Office 365. This username and password will get you access to everything that requires a username and password.

The College will use this email as the primary way to contact you with necessary information.  Please check your OCC email regularly for registration, financial aid, and other important information.

Student Portal

MyOCC is your student portal. You'll use MyOCC throughout your time as a student to register, check your financial aid status, account balance, final grades, unofficial transcript, and more!

As a student at OCC, you have the right to restrict who has access to your academic records. This includes your grades, courses, financial aid, billing and more. You also have the right to share any or all of your information with anyone you choose. You are able to grant this access in your student portal and can view step by step instructions on our Granting Access to Your Records site.

The IT Helpdesk is here to help you with any questions or challenges you may encounter when logging to the systems at OCC.

Applying for financial aid will help you understand your options for how you will pay for your courses and fees. Please follow these steps:

  1. Create a FAFSA ID
  2. Complete a FAFSA - OCC's FAFSA code is 002875
  3. Complete a TAP application - Add in the Tap Code: 2185
  4. Complete Financial Aid Verification process (if applicable) - we'll contact your OCC email with further details on what FAFSA needs

OCC also offers substantial scholarship opportunities each year through the OCC Foundation. Don’t forget to apply for scholarships!

Questions? Visit our Financial Aid Service Center page for hours of availability for walk-ins, to book an appointment, or to view our comprehensive guide for completing the FAFSA and TAP applications, submitting required financial aid documents, applying for scholarships, understanding student loans, and important deadlines.

Register for classes

Once you have completed the previous steps, you are ready to register!

New students that are ready to get registered for classes need to fill out the Register NOW form and a professional advisor will complete your schedule for you! Your advisor will then email you the completed schedule. The email will include a link to set up a 30 minute advising appointment if you'd like to meet and talk with your advisor or make schedule changes.

Registration opens each year in early April. Check the Academic Calendar for a full list of important dates.


Reserve your Box of Books

 when you register for classes.

  1. After you register for classes, you are opted in to the Box of Books program. You will receive an email to your OCC email asking you to reserve your books through the online Bookstore. Make sure you take action when you receive this! You will be notified by email when books are available to be picked up or shipped.
    • Your Username is your OCC email address
    • Your Password is your Student ID
    • No payment will be necessary at the time of securing your box of books! The Box of Books fee will be added to your semester charges on your student account.
  2. Pick them up at OCC's bookstore before classes start or have them shipped to you for free!

Questions? Call (315) 498-2263 or

Paying for College

  • Visit our Tuition and Fees page to review the costs of attending.
  • Visit our Tuition Payments page to review how you can pay your semester charges - from online, mail, to in-person.
  • Once you're registered for your classes, you can review your student account information (charges, financial aid awards, etc.) on MyOCC.
  • The College issues financial aid and student account/tuition refunds by Direct Deposit — there is no fee to enroll! Your refund will be electronically transferred into the bank account of your choice and you will have access to your funds sooner.

Certificate of Residence

You can reduce your tuition if you have lived in New York State, but outside of Onondaga County in the past year — simply complete a Certificate of Residence.

LazerCard and Parking Pass

  • Your LazerCard is your official college ID and is used across campus. After you register for classes, follow these steps or stop by the LazerCard Office.
  • Parking passes for commuter students are free!  Just stop by the LazerCard Office.

Interested in living on campus?

Students studying in front of resident hall

Complete the housing application any time after February 1st! Then, submit all required materials online using your application dashboard and pay a $200 application fee.

Learn more about Residence Life

Need special accommodations?

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The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) works to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity in all aspects of the educational environment.

Learn more about OAR

Attend New Student Orientation

Students walking on campus

We offer an in-person and an online orientation prior to the start of each semester. The orientation schedule is updated before the start of the semester on our site.

New Student Orientation Info

Start your college journey strong!

  • Check your OCC email daily leading up to and during the semester.
  • Visit the Financial Aid Service Center to get assistance navigating the financial aid process — complete FAFSA and TAP application, financial aid verification, federal and state eligibility, and navigate special circumstances.
  • Connect with your Success Coach! They will help you balance your academic and personal life. Find your Success Coach within your school.
  • Explore campus by taking a campus tour or attending open house!
  • Check out Box of Books to save up to 50% on your textbooks! 
  • Make sure you know how you’re getting to campus — review bus schedules, parking passes, and student parking lots.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Current Students webpage and try logging in to Office365, Blackboard, and Lazer Success.
  • Review important dates on the Academic Calendar like the last day to add/drop classes, semester start and end dates, final exam week, and holidays.
  • Are you a Veteran or have a family member who is a Veteran? Learn more about how our Office of Veterans and Military Services supports military services members, veterans, and dependents.
  • Familiarize yourself with OCC's campus safety's contact information, safety policies, and annual security report.